DEARBORN, Mich., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sverdrup Technology, Inc., a Jacobs Company, has expanded its range of services to include asset management for automotive clients. Lou Hickok, vice president of Sverdrup's Automotive Operations segment, made the announcement. "Sverdrup's core business is testing," said Hickok. "In serving our automotive industry customers as their asset manager for test facilities and systems, we will leverage our extensive asset management experience to optimize facility use, increase facility flexibility and responsiveness while reducing operational costs," Hickok said. Sverdrup -- recognized as a world leader in the design, construction and operation of high technology test facilities -- provides comprehensive asset management services, including operations, maintenance supervision, facility improvements and brokering of facility test time for numerous government and commercial test facilities. Sverdrup's expansion of their asset management role provides access for the automotive industry to an extensive knowledge and experience base. "We currently have more than 3000 personnel employed in asset management throughout the world," said Hickok. "As a result, we have in place methodologies and processes to exchange information, establish metrics for application of 'best practices' and proven procedures which make the expansion of the asset management role seamless for the client." Sverdrup's first automotive market asset management venture was the soon- to-be completed Driveability Test Facility (DTF) in Allen Park, Michigan. This facility will provide automakers and their suppliers access to state-of- the-art wind tunnels and other environmental simulation facilities. After commissioning, Sverdrup will manage all aspects of facility operations and maintenance. Ford Motor Company has arranged for a 10-year lease of the facility, beginning immediately following commissioning. This contract provides Sverdrup the opportunity to broker open capacity at the facility when available to a wide range of potential users. As a further venture into the asset management arena with Ford, Sverdrup has been awarded asset management responsibility for four wind tunnels as well as cold rooms in Dearborn. These facilities, like those of the DTF, are critical to the Ford Product Development System, and the award of this asset management contract to Sverdrup allows both companies to focus on their core businesses. "The joint enterprise between Ford and Sverdrup will provide more cost effective utilization of Ford's test resources to establish a new paradigm for the industry," said Allen Ardinger, Sverdrup's Operations Manager for the wind tunnels and cold rooms. "Sverdrup operations and management of these critical assets allow Ford to take advantage of our core business expertise -- testing, while freeing Ford and Ford resources to focus on the production of world-class automobiles." Synergies such as scheduling, test vehicle movement and personnel distribution are evident since Sverdrup's asset management responsibilities now will encompass all of Ford's North American wind tunnels and cold rooms. This agreement may be one of the first within the 'Big Three' which calls for an outside supplier to provide on-site testing and asset management services in support of product development. Sverdrup Technology, headquartered in Tullahoma, Tenn., has a 50-year heritage of managing large, high technology operations and maintenance and engineering support workforces. In addition, the company is a world leader in the design/build of technical facilities. Active in the automotive industry for more than 30 years, Sverdrup Technology has completed hundreds of design and design/build projects for domestic and international automotive manufacturers and suppliers. The Technology Group, the test facility design/build/operate organization of the company, has offices in Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia and project sites around the world. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is one of the world's largest providers of professional technical services. A $3 billion company, they offer full- spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients in diverse markets. Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of project execution and operations & maintenance.
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